<p>Here's an interesting lecture at google last week about a different means of achieving fusion than the typical tokamak. This work was recently declassified when the navy's long horizon energy research programs were cut (of which this was one). Interestingly, they transfered the lab equipment to SpaceDev where it's being babysat while alternative funding is being arranged. Near the end Bussard talks about applications as a space engine.</p><p><a name="Video">[/url]http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=1996321846673788606 </p><p><a title="Google video" target="_blank" href="
"> [/url] </p><p><font size="-1">Google Tech Talks November 9, 2006
<font size="-1"> ABSTRACT This is not your father's fusion reactor! Forget everything you know about conventional <span class="invisible" /><span class="visible">thinking on nuclear fusion: high-temperature plasmas, steam turbines, neutron radiation and even nuclear waste are a thing of the past. Goodbye thermonuclear fusion; hello inertial electrostatic confinement fusion (IEC), an old idea that's been made new. While the international community debates the fate of the politically-turmoiled $12 billion ITER (an experimental thermonuclear reactor), simple IEC reactors are being built as high-school science fair projects.
Dr. Robert Bussard, former Asst. Director of the Atomic Energy Commission and founder of Energy Matter Conversion Corporation (EMC2), has spent 17 years perfecting IEC, a fusion process that converts hydrogen and boron directly into electricity producing helium as the only waste product. Most of this work was funded by the Department of Defense, the details of which have been under seal... until now.
Dr. Bussard will discuss his recent results and details of this potentially world-altering technology, whose conception dates back as far as 1924, and even includes a reactor design by Philo T. Farnsworth (inventor of the scanning television).
Can a 100 MW fusion reactor be built for less than Google's annual electricity bill? Come see what's possible when you think outside the thermonuclear box and ignore the herd.</span></font></p>